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Generally speaking, a soldier could get a fresh set of clothes every two months or so. A typical battalion would have three companies, with two companies serving in the front-line trenches, and one company stationed several hundred yards behind them in the battalion reserve position. Companies rotated positions weekly (or so), so a soldier could expect to spend one week out of three in the battalion reserve position. When in the reserve position, soldiers were able to wash their existing uniforms - new uniforms were in scare supply, and generally would not be available there. So, a soldier would wear the same uniform while serving in a front-line battalion, with the opportunity to wash it (often, without sufficient soap to do a good job) about every three weeks.

New uniforms could be obtained only when the battalion rotated out of the front-line and into the divisional reserve position, something which would happen every 2-3 months (depending on the nationality of the Army, and the amount of action the unit saw). While in the divisional reserve position, soldiers could expect to get normal laundry service on their clothes - that is, they could expect to get them completely laundered at least one (and maybe twice) while in reserve. In addition, changing seasonal clothes could expect to happen only in reserve.

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